There should be no visit to Los Angeles without stopping by at the Griffith Observatory. I mean it. I really do. It’s not only providing spectacular views from the Pacific Ocean to Downtown Los Angeles but also a source of so much knowledge and entertainment!
The observatory was opened in May 1935 and after only five days of being open to the public, the 13,000st visitor could be welcomed. And I totally understand why. First of all, the beautiful art déco-and-egyptian-style building is located on Mt. Hollywood inside of Griffith Park, which is the largest municipal park in the US and a beauty of it’s own. So, as soon as you are inside Griffith Park, just follow the signs to the observatory. You can park there directly on site for free, but keep in mind that the parking lot fills up relatively fast on the weekends, the early bird catches the worm.
And here’s the coolest things of all when it comes to the observatory: Visiting it is for free! Well, for the most part. The only part where you are charged an entrance fee of 7 USD is the planetarium, all of the other six exhibitions in- and outside of the observatory are for free. You can touch meteorites (coolest feeling ever – to touch something that came from space!), use the telescopes for free, see a movie about the past and future of the Griffith Observatory (“The Once and Future Griffith Observatory”) at the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon or listen to a speech about the newest stuff in Astronomy every first Friday a month.
If you’re there, make sure to also hike some of the beautiful paths that lead through Griffith park. My advice would be to spend at least a day there, hiking, exploring and also paying a visit to the Old Zoo at Griffith Park; that’s for sure worth a little visit too! Also, you get some great views of the Hollywood Sign from up there!
The Griffith Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from noon to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. Admission to everything but the planetarium is free!
All pics are mine 🙂